Best Porsche 911 GT3 R takes adult continuation classical from sixth grid row

With this result, a internal favourite and his teammates Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) conduct into a 70th book of a Ardennes marathon for a KÜS Team75 Bernhard patrol from P11.

Frédéric Makowiecki helmed a cockpit of a Porsche 911 GT3 R (#911) for a Manthey-Racing team. For a Frenchman, a time stopped during 2:19.649 minutes, that represented ninth place in a Super Pole. This position, however, was not upheld. Due to a speed transgression in a array line during giveaway practice, Frédéric Makowiecki and his teammates Romain Dumas (France) and Dirk Werner (Germany) will be relegated 10 spots down a grid. Thus, Manthey-Racing tackles a long-distance classical in Belgium from position 19.

A sum of 221 drivers and 63 vehicles tackle this year’s 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Thirteen manufacturers are represented during a 70th book of a Ardennes marathon, that is regarded as a largest and many critical GT3 eventuality in a world.

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): “The Super Pole was okay, though not fantastic. The vigour of foe here during Spa is intensely high. We are not coping as good with a feverishness as a competitors, though we’re within distinguished distance. It’s ostensible to be somewhat cooler on Saturday and that would assistance us. The critical thing during Spa is not to make mistakes. The pivotal to this competition will be consistency.”

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “We resolved a Super Pole on positions 9 and twelve, so zero is mislaid yet. The rate of retirements during Spa is high, hence we need to now concentration on a race, put in a unchanging expostulate and keep out of any trouble. Then anything’s probable here.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #117): “I’m not happy with a result. we had a purify and flawless lap, though in terms of gait we couldn’t do more. It’s not easy for us in this heat. we wish if a heat cools down on Saturday during a competition it’ll be better.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “My path was good though unfortunately we done a tiny mistake in Eau Rouge since a tyre vigour wasn’t utterly right. But all in all I’m satisfied. We have a good automobile and now we need to combine on a race.”

1. Vanthoor/Riberas/Mies (B/ES/D), Audi R8 LMS, 2:18.578 minutes
2. Baumann/Kirchhöfer/Martin (AUT/D/B), Aston Martin Vantage, +0.605 seconds
3. Rast/Müller/Frijns (D/CH/ND), Audi R8 LMS, +0.788 seconds
4. Aleshin/Molina/Rigon (RU/ES/IT), Ferrari 488 GT3, +0.855 seconds
5. Van der Linde/van der Linde/Schmidt (ZA/ZA/CH), Audi R8 LMS, +0.915 seconds
9. Makowiecki/Dumas/Werner (F/F/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, +1.071 seconds
12. Bamber/Bernhard/Vanthoor (NZ/D/B), Porsche 911 GT3 R, +1.316 seconds

Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) lapped a 7.004-kilometre circuit during a circle of a #117 Porsche 911 GT3 R in a time of 2:19.843 minutes. With this result, a KÜS Team75 Bernhard has competent for Friday’s Super Pole, where a 20 fastest cars will quarrel for a best grid positions for a 24-hour marathon in a Ardennes.

A new subordinate format for a long-distance classical in Belgium was introduced this year: Each motorist in a automobile is given 15 mins to spin a quick lap. The final subordinate time is dynamic by a normal of a fastest laps set by all drivers in a team.

Driving for Manthey-Racing, Frédéric Makowiecki, Romain Dumas (both France) and Dirk Werner (Germany) also competent for a top-20 session. With their Porsche 911 GT3 R (#911), a contingent achieved a time of 2:20.144 minutes, that eventually put them on 13th place.

24 Hours of Spa: largest and many critical GT3 eventuality in a world

Putting in a clever subordinate performance, Herberth Motorsport planted a #991 Porsche 911 GT3 R on second place in a Am-category. The organisation from Black Swan Racing finished a eventuality in a Pro-Am difficulty on seventh. A sum of 221 drivers and 63 vehicles tackle this year’s 24 Hours of Spa. Thirteen manufacturers are represented during a 70th book of a Ardennes marathon, that is regarded as a largest and many critical GT3 eventuality in a world.

First contested in 1924, a Spa 24-hour competition is only one year younger than a mythological long-distance classical during Le Mans. The final altogether feat for Porsche in a Ardennes was achieved in 2010 with Romain Dumas, Jörg Bergmeister, Wolf Henzler and Martin Ragginger in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by a BMS Scuderia Italia team. Since 2011, a eventuality on a 7.004-kilometre Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps has represented a prominence on a general GT3 calendar. The display of a competition cars on Wednesday in a motorcade from a racetrack to a city of Spa has turn legendary. The competition takes off on Saturday during 16.30 hours.

Porsche supports 4 patron teams with works drivers and engineers during a competition on 28-29 July. Tackling a eventuality are a dual Porsche teams from a Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Manthey-Racing and Herberth Motorsport, as good as a KÜS Team75 Bernhard and Black Swan Racing squads. Six stream works drivers as good as a former bureau motorist and a stream conduct of Porsche Customer Racing, Marc Lieb, form a motorist crews in a 4 patron racers. For a marathon competition in Belgium, 68 cars from 13 marques are entered. In further to a 64 vehicles that approve with a FIA GT3 regulations, 4 other vehicles are registered, including 3 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.

The 24 Hours of Spa takes off on 28 Jul during 16.30 hrs CEST and will be promote live on a websites of a Intercontinental GT Challenge and a Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. On television, Eurosport televises live reports and highlights of a eventuality in Belgium. In addition, a German TV hire Sport1 will uncover highlights and credentials reports from Spa in a “Porsche GT Magazin” on Sunday during 22.00 hours.


The cockpits of a dual 911 GT3 R entered in a pro-driver difficulty are common exclusively by works drivers: Competing for Manthey-Racing are a unchanging drivers in a Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Romain Dumas, Frédéric Makowiecki (both France) and Dirk Werner (Germany). The automobile run by KÜS Team75 Bernhard is common by a dual former Le Mans altogether winners Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) as good as a Le Mans difficulty leader Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium). The dual American drivers Tim Pappas and Marc Miller join army with Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) to competition a Pro-Am difficulty for Black Swan Racing. They will be upheld by Marc Lieb, who was partial of a group during a initial competition of a Intercontinental GT Challenge during Bathurst, Australia, in February. Herberth Motorsport’s 911 GT3 R is piloted by Jürgen Häring, Edward-Lewis Brauner, Wolfgang Triller and Alfred Renauer. The 4 Germans will tackle a pledge difficulty for lady drivers. With Dumas, Lieb and Vanthoor, there are 3 drivers in a Porsche patrol that have already scored altogether feat during Spa.

The 911 GT3 R was designed by Porsche for worldwide GT3 series. Mounted with a ultra-modern, four-litre flat-six engine with approach fuel injection, a patron sports racer distinguished a competition entrance in Jan 2016 during a Daytona 24-hour race. Since then, it has notched adult victories in countless general racing series, such as a IMSA SportsCar Championship, a World Challenge, a ADAC GT Masters, as good as a 24-hour competition on a Nürburgring-Nordschleife. For 2018, Porsche offers a patron teams an evo-kit.

911 GT3 R, Manthey-Racing, Le Castellet, 2018, Porsche AG

The Intercontinental GT Challenge is a initial tellurian racing array with GT3 vehicles as a tip calss. It was founded in 2016 by a SRO Motorsports Group led by Stéphane Ratel. Rather than contest with a bureau squad, Porsche supports general patron teams in their debate with a 911 GT3 R by providing works drivers and engineers from Weissach. For any race, a limit of 4 vehicles comparison by a manufacturer are entitled to acquire points. Of these, a dual best-placed vehicles during a finish of a competition are awarded points for a manufacturer’s altogether classification. In a driver’s category, however, a drivers of all cars nominated by manufacturers are authorised for points.

4 February: Bathurst 12 Hour, Bathurst/Australia
28/29 July: 24 Hours of Spa, Spa-Francorchamps/Belgium
26 August: Suzuka 10 Hours, Suzuka/Japan
28 October: California 8 Hours, Monterey/USA

The Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, also run by a SRO Motorsports Group, is indifferent for competition cars that approve with FIA GT3 regulations. Storied racetracks, cost-effective conditions of appearance and equivalence in terms of record interjection to a Balance of Performance form a horizon of this customer-oriented championship. The deteriorate prominence of a championship, a 24 Hours of Spa, is run alongside a Intercontinental GT Challenge. In a array contested all over Europe, there are altogether classifications for teams and drivers.

22 April: Monza/Italy (3 hours)
20 May: Silverstone/Great Britain (3 hours)
2 June: Le Castellet/France (6 hours)
28/29 July: 24 Hours of Spa, Spa-Francorchamps/Belgium
30 September: Barcelona/Spain (3 hours)